Aemon Malone reports:
Dawnmarie Souza, a former employee of the American Medical Response of Connecticut, and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) agreed to settle a lawsuit over Souza’s firing, which occurred after Souza used Facebook to criticize her boss.
The NLRB took up the lawsuit last year, arguing that Souza’s Facebook comments were protected by federal labor laws. The Connecticut ambulance company said that it fired Souza after receiving complaints about her work.
According to the NLRB, because Souza made the Facebook comments on her own computer and during her personal time, her words constituted protected speech. Federal law allows employees to openly discuss working conditions, wages and other work-related topics.
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